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Rules of Engagement for Favela Occupations Must be Reconsidered

first_imgThe occupation in Maré has very different characteristics than those experienced in Alemão and Haiti, which interferes significantly in the interaction between the Military and the residents, as well as that with criminal groups. The Brazilian Armed Forces have cut down monthly drug traffic profits in Rio de Janeiro’s Maré Complex from $15 million Brazilian reals to $300,000 reals since the beginning of the occupation. This loss has been a cause for great concern to the leaders of the three main factions of Rio’s organized crime. Back in February, a lookout made $700 reals a week, but today they barely make any money. Regardless, the situation is still far from being resolved, and the Military is not to blame. The majority of society believes that organized crime in the favelas is carried out by rifle-toting drug dealers who sell drugs. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of a network that hides thousands of unarmed people, living directly or indirectly off the drug income, in these communities. The Brazilian Armed Forces have cut down monthly drug traffic profits in Rio de Janeiro’s Maré Complex from $15 million Brazilian reals to $300,000 reals since the beginning of the occupation. This loss has been a cause for great concern to the leaders of the three main factions of Rio’s organized crime. Back in February, a lookout made $700 reals a week, but today they barely make any money. Regardless, the situation is still far from being resolved, and the Military is not to blame. Respectfully,@EdGaarcua This example of search and determination by the Brazilian courts is to improve the system, which is messed up and has been for a long time. I still believe that hard-line judges should make some changes in the laws and give more power to national security forces. I want the opportunity to collaborate with you. Maistela Droescher. I think the Brazilian Army had to be neutral when talking about drug trafficking in the shantytowns (favelas). Do you know why? Most of these soldiers come from shantytowns, mainly in Rio de Janeiro. I myself live in a shantytown and I am going to serve in the Army. I enlist in September. Even the stories about the Armed Forces have invaded shantytowns. I’ve never heard any music that supports crime in the funk music mentioning the Army. Look, this isn’t Iraq, Babylon, Afghanistan or Colombia to be invading the shantytowns with war tanks. Send the police there and that’s it. The Army should stay out of this. (y) Plea bargaining (with many fewer official staff members assassinated) needs to evolve. In my view, this requires greater protection and less exposure of our service members. The task forces should have more freedom and the security to act. I think that in order for better results, the leaders should also participate and provide ways for the military to remain in certain areas like this one. Very good information, impressive…. Given that the majority of representatives of the people are corrupt or corrupted, there is no interest in creating laws and actions to put the country on the right track. In this case, it’s no different. Service members and innocent people are dying and nothing is being done. Crooks pose as heroes and receive benefits and entitlement that not other communities get. Excellent article about Col. Montenegro. Those who choose to use weapons belonging to the Brazilian Armed Forces, putting the population and security forces at risk, should be judged under the National Security Law, by military tribunal. This is incredible Jesus is coming and you will continue in this war of misery. I am all in favor for greater freedom for the Armed Forces. Our Army is something to be proud of. The Army shouldn’t have to go through these situations because it has a history of huge victories. I get angry because no politician sees that. I am proud to have worn this honorable uniform for seven years. Congratulations to Colonel Fernando Montenegro. I agree with everything that you wrote. The government (federal and state) use our Armed Forces demagogically in the insane fight against drug trafficking, yet they don’t give them the power to use not only their forces, but their intelligence units capable of greatly reducing the military and financial power of all of these criminal factions that politicians, businessmen and big fish hide behind. Maybe, the competent authorities don’t care about seeing them on TV, in newspapers or hearing about them on the radio. If it wasn’t for the decisions taken by the PF, MP, CGU and TCU, made up of men capable of standing up to corrupt politicians, stealing, and the gangs of politicians and businessmen involved in the Lavo-Jato scandal, they would still be acting with impunity. more or less The occupation in Maré has very different characteristics than those experienced in Alemão and Haiti, which interferes significantly in the interaction between the Military and the residents, as well as that with criminal groups. In Haiti, the Brazilian Battalion controls the situation because it has carte blanche to check every house and shoot down anyone who is carrying a gun ostentatiously. Operationally, this is the only way to ensure the Troops the same degree of freedom that organized crime has to go into every home, which they do by terrorizing the community. The political decision not to grant these same rights to the Troops in Maré has caused unnecessary attrition to the Service Members committed to the mission’s fulfillment. As a result of the Army’s restrictive rules of engagement, illegal drugs are sold and used inside homes, corrupted minors throw stones at Troops, and dealers have moved to slabs, where they ambush the Military after operations that lead to arrests, weapons, and drug seizures. Daily shootings may go on for hours and have hit four Soldiers already, one of them fatally. Asymmetric warfare in our own backyard. A decisive factor for the success in Alemão was the capture of a huge amount of weapons and drugs early in the operation. This was possible due to the collective search-and-seizure warrants associated with a tip hotline. In Haiti, the Brazilian Battalion controls the situation because it has carte blanche to check every house and shoot down anyone who is carrying a gun ostentatiously. Operationally, this is the only way to ensure the Troops the same degree of freedom that organized crime has to go into every home, which they do by terrorizing the community. This makes it essential for the State to understand the economic impact that asphyxiating drug traffic will cause before there is a military occupation of this magnitude, the and offer alternatives to the people. This did not happen when the Armed Forces left the Alemão Complex and the situation returned to critical levels, compromising the credibility of the process. Maré residents notice that, and they know that the presence of the Armed Forces is temporary; to illustrate this point, a community leader who strongly supported the Troops in Maré did not have his safety guaranteed and was murdered in late 2014. Drugs along with greed of men equates to the loss of humanity Why don’t you show that shameless person’s face? Cool While drug traffickers continue hidden in slums, the occupation won’t result in the needed and wished for success. Residents that offend soldiers and police are part of the group who are indirectly sustained by drug trafficking. They are the first to report to the press that the police “came in shooting”. I think the (illegible) method is valid, involving unsuccessful operations and exposing the lives of soldiers and police in constant danger. very good The Army needs to act forcefully against these factions wreaking havoc. If we wait for our government, they will take control of our country, which is already happening. Yes, the Army needs to be called to go in and resolve the situation, and policies for the Army need to be different than those for the police. What’s happening in Rio is unfortunate, but in the Knowledge Academies in Brasilia, everyone knows. They want to see everything get worse, but they hardly realise that the Brazilian State of Democratic Law has failed or is about to fail, and the Guardians of the Brazilian Nation-State are on alert, or we’ll become a big anarchy with gangs and crooks leading the country like in the Middle East, ungoverned. Congratulations Colonel. Don’t expose yourself or our boys. Like these thugs, they have a vision. Unfortunately, it’s all dominated, and civilian and military intelligence and counterintelligence units know that. The stage is armed: in Rio, the factions and militias, in São Paulo, Marcolla’s PCC, and in other states around the country, it’s not very different. There are a lot of weapons in the wrong hands, or it may be on purpose for convenience. Go and reread the book, “A Noite das Grandes Fogueiras” by Guilherme Meirelles. May God save Brazil when this time arrives. Yes. I am certain that most drugs and arms are in the shantytowns (favelas). ??? An ongoing war. Unfortunately, families are used in the most intrinsic holes of social negligence. This is where drug trafficking wins. These are good people, hostages while participants in this snowball rooted like weed that sucks all the life of a river.It’s not cool because they’re dispensable to drug trafficking. They’re innocent people who lose their souls for the sake of having more food on the table or a false guarantee of being able to come and go. This is something that should be guaranteed by the government through social rights. Drug trafficking will only get worse as long as there is corruption. I hope the government never becomes indifferent towards the poor. May they be treated like kings and queens, princes and princesses in obtaining their rights, and may those responsible for looking after the rights of the government be properly paid as they deserve. The military is supposed to guard our borders to prevent smuggling of weapons and drugs. Colonel Montenegro was happy and revealing in his lucid comments. The Colonel made very good arguments: the Armed Forces is the last resort used in certain cases. When they are called to duty, they need the freedom to act. The case of drug trafficking for some time already in Brazil is a national security situation. The enemy can be internal or external. The Armed Forces are the faithful guardians of the Brazilian Constitution and have to be prepared for whatever comes. They have the trust of the Brazilian people. This portal only has old news. The Army needs the authority to operate in any place in Brazil. Pay office of Navy staff. Increase wages and benefits. Good morning, best and warm regards. That’s it. The Army should provide the police with support in certain operations I agree with the Colonel because they’re playing with fire. The Brazilian Armed Forces should not be used in any ordinary security action. Military occupation means recognising the state of war going on in the “Marvelous City”. The Army is not the police. I speak from experience as a former soldier. The strategy is to occupy the area and annihilate the armed enemy. I would like the CLASSIC UOL COLONEL AND GENERAL IN COMMAND OVER BRAZIL Our government leaders need to understand that violence is only fought through a first class education. Arms manufactures should be held liable for the deaths they cause or for maintaining an arms tracking system. The blame needs to be put at the source of the supply, which is in the border regions. They continue to be wide open due to the absence of adequate policies. Everyone knows that putting an end to the disease before it reaches people is a more effective and economic way. What we don’t understand is the Brazilian government’s kindness towards countries like Bolivia and Peru, and even towards suspected Colombian revolutionaries. There are many people in the background behind drug trafficking in Brazil. In Alemão there was only one criminal faction. The invasion was unexpected, which did not allow the armed criminals to evade taking inventories of drugs and weapons. However, additional drug trafficking structures remained to enable the operation after the Army’s departure. Everyone knows that the Military occupation of the Maré Complex was due to the World Cup and, if it is up to the politicians, it will continue until the Olympics. They said it wouldlast a short period of time, just like they did with Alemão (and that lasted for 520 days), but we can see that is not the case. The majority of society believes that organized crime in the favelas is carried out by rifle-toting drug dealers who sell drugs. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of a network that hides thousands of unarmed people, living directly or indirectly off the drug income, in these communities. center_img The political decision not to grant these same rights to the Troops in Maré has caused unnecessary attrition to the Service Members committed to the mission’s fulfillment. As a result of the Army’s restrictive rules of engagement, illegal drugs are sold and used inside homes, corrupted minors throw stones at Troops, and dealers have moved to slabs, where they ambush the Military after operations that lead to arrests, weapons, and drug seizures. Daily shootings may go on for hours and have hit four Soldiers already, one of them fatally. Asymmetric warfare in our own backyard. excellent article Montenegro, I’m sorry, but this civilian does not know his rank. With regard to his speech, excellent. I’ve even heard or read it in a newspaper. Words that did not put an end to trafficking because of bank interests in the amount of money moved, in addition to the arms trade. Congratulations. There would be no trafficking, drug dealers or distributors, if there were no users. Only through the cooperation of families, schools political will and law enforcement, with equality for all, can we end or minimize this human coldness. Brazil should take a larger number of troops from the barracks to the borders to fight harder against trafficking. With the fewer troops sent, effective combat is impossible. How many soldiers are in the barracks with nothing to do? Dear readers, fortunately in the reserves and now also as a journalist, I can express my opinions in a more incisive way and fight the hypocrisy of some decisions that army personnel are unable to address. An example. Congratulations on the line of thinking, Colonel. Yes, they should separate and train soldiers for this type of work, special soldiers. The military is not the police!If the military respond like the police, they will just crash and burn. Dear Colonel Fernando Montenegro.I feel that over 90% of violent crimes are directly or indirectly related to drug trafficking, which is a national problem, not confined to Rio.You have to go to the source, nip it in the bud. Focus on strategies and missions on the border. We must close our borders with drug trafficking neighbors and be stricter against trafficking in drugs and weapons.Putting the Armed Forces to act as the police is a trap to put people against the military.#TamoJunto (#We’reUnited)#SemprePeloBrasil (AlwaysForBrazil) In Maré, we have the Army and three rival organized crime factions that are unwilling to give up the territory and abandon the area since they know the Armed Forces will not stay there forever. Two of these factions have been in a violent territory dispute since 2009. In Alemão there was only one criminal faction. The invasion was unexpected, which did not allow the armed criminals to evade taking inventories of drugs and weapons. However, additional drug trafficking structures remained to enable the operation after the Army’s departure. By Dialogo May 25, 2015 A decisive factor for the success in Alemão was the capture of a huge amount of weapons and drugs early in the operation. This was possible due to the collective search-and-seizure warrants associated with a tip hotline. We could raise a number of observations about military operations, but the truth is that the solution to the problem lies at the political level. Society needs to understand that the Armed Forces must be allowed to make decisions because they are the last resource being employed. And that is why they cannot continue to operate under the same legal protocols governing the police. It is as similarly deceptive as using the same ineffective formula for a medication, only with a different label, and hoping it will fix the problem. The rules of engagement need to be rewritten if there is a desire to seek efficiency in operations, and to preserve the Military. *Fernando Montenegro – Colonel R / 1 Special Forces of the Brazilian Army – was commander of the Sampaio Task Force in the occupation and pacification of the Alemão and Penha complexes in 2011. This makes it essential for the State to understand the economic impact that asphyxiating drug traffic will cause before there is a military occupation of this magnitude, the and offer alternatives to the people. This did not happen when the Armed Forces left the Alemão Complex and the situation returned to critical levels, compromising the credibility of the process. In Maré, we have the Army and three rival organized crime factions that are unwilling to give up the territory and abandon the area since they know the Armed Forces will not stay there forever. Two of these factions have been in a violent territory dispute since 2009. *Fernando Montenegro – Colonel R / 1 Special Forces of the Brazilian Army – was commander of the Sampaio Task Force in the occupation and pacification of the Alemão and Penha complexes in 2011. We could raise a number of observations about military operations, but the truth is that the solution to the problem lies at the political level. Society needs to understand that the Armed Forces must be allowed to make decisions because they are the last resource being employed. And that is why they cannot continue to operate under the same legal protocols governing the police. It is as similarly deceptive as using the same ineffective formula for a medication, only with a different label, and hoping it will fix the problem. The rules of engagement need to be rewritten if there is a desire to seek efficiency in operations, and to preserve the Military. Maré residents notice that, and they know that the presence of the Armed Forces is temporary; to illustrate this point, a community leader who strongly supported the Troops in Maré did not have his safety guaranteed and was murdered in late 2014. Everyone knows that the Military occupation of the Maré Complex was due to the World Cup and, if it is up to the politicians, it will continue until the Olympics. They said it wouldlast a short period of time, just like they did with Alemão (and that lasted for 520 days), but we can see that is not the case. last_img read more

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Sophie Turner Reveals Her, Joe Jonas’ Daughter Willa’s Birthday

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El Gobernador Wolf solicita al USDA que brinde apoyo a los sectores agrícolas vitales de Pennsylvania

first_img April 15, 2020 Economy,  Español,  Press Release,  Public Health ‘La industria y todos los que dependen de sus productos esperan un plan’Harrisburg, PA: El Gobernador Tom Wolf envió hoy una carta al Secretario del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA), Sonny Perdue, instándolo a publicar de inmediato un plan que apoye a los productores agrícolas, procesadores de alimentos, trabajadores y sistemas alimentarios locales, independientemente del tamaño de la producción. Los $9.5 mil millones incluidos en la Ley CARES (a discreción de Perdue para distribuir entre los sectores de productos lácteos, ganadería, de cultivos especializados, horticultura y restaurantes) tienen el potencial de garantizar que Pennsylvania siga siendo un líder nacional de la agricultura.“Necesitamos que el Secretario Perdue publique un plan que incluya recursos, orientación y protección para la industria que está trabajando para sustentar a los residentes de Pennsylvania y a los estadounidenses a pesar del riesgo, el estrés y la incertidumbre de nuestra pandemia actual”, dijo Wolf. “Las familias agricultoras de Pennsylvania están trabajando duro para sustentar la vida. Necesitamos una medida federal inmediata para sostener la agricultura porque dependemos de ella cada día.“Además del apoyo financiero crucial, la industria depende de la mano de obra calificada para realizar tareas esenciales y mantener la solidez de la cadena de suministro”, agregó Wolf. “No podemos permitir que los frutos de su trabajo se desperdicien en el momento en que muchas personas sufren inseguridad alimentaria mientras se quedan en casa para salvar vidas”.La carta completa es la siguiente:A medida que la COVID 19 continúa interrumpiendo todos los aspectos de nuestras vidas, escribo para solicitar una medida inmediata en nombre de las industrias agrícolas y alimentarias vitales dentro de Pennsylvania, al igual que para los tantos residentes de Pennsylvania que están sufriendo inseguridad alimentaria porque deben quedarse en casa para salvar vidas.Desde el primer momento en que mi administración comenzó a realizar los esfuerzos de mitigación de la COVID-19, designé a la agricultura y a toda la cadena de suministro de alimentos como esenciales y vitales. Como es el caso en todo el país, la industria agrícola, los procesadores y fabricantes de alimentos, y los trabajadores de las tiendas de alimentos de Pennsylvania se encuentran entre los muchos héroes que trabajan en la primera línea para mantener a Pennsylvania, a la nación y el mundo alimentados a pesar del gran riesgo, estrés e incertidumbre que están viviendo. Debemos unirnos como nación para vencer al virus y recuperarnos. Nuestra recuperación y nuestra seguridad nacional son imposibles sin la certeza de un suministro de alimentos seguro que esté a nuestra disposición.Solicito que el USDA tome medidas urgentes y decisivas para publicitar e implementar un plan para estabilizar de manera inmediata e igualitaria a la industria agrícola, y para apoyar a los productores agrícolas, procesadores de alimentos, trabajadores y sistemas alimentarios locales, independientemente del tamaño de la producción. Este plan debe incluir recursos, orientación y protección para estos trabajadores. La COVID-19 afecta negativamente a cada sector de la agricultura, el procesamiento de alimentos, la distribución, el comercio minorista, las tiendas de alimentos y los mercados de agricultores y todos ellos necesitan apoyo. Específicamente, le solicito que brinde apoyo inmediato de las siguientes maneras:Apoyo directo a través de la Ley CARESLos $9.5 mil millones incluidos en la Ley CARES (que quedan a su discreción para distribuir entre los sectores de productos lácteos, ganadería, cultivos especializados, industrias de horticultura y restaurantes) tienen el potencial de garantizar que Pennsylvania siga siendo un líder nacional de agricultura. Este fondo debe usarse con prudencia para mitigar la interrupción de las cadenas de suministro y los mercados para ayudar a nuestros agricultores, productores y procesadores de alimentos, que incluye que nuestras pequeñas empresas, familias agrícolas e industrias agrícolas puedan acceder de inmediato al capital. Las recomendaciones de Pennsylvania para el apoyo directo a través de la Ley CARES incluyen lo siguiente:Apoyo para el procesamiento de ganado, aves de corral, carne y alimentos:Pennsylvania es el hogar de muchos mercados de ganado, aves de corral y procesadores de carne, que procesan carne de res, aves y cerdos en nombre de los granjeros de Pennsylvania y los granjeros de muchos estados vecinos. También tenemos muchos procesadores de alimentos en todas las categorías que toman productos agrícolas crudos y los convierten en alimentos u otros productos importantes para una cadena de suministro de alimentos seguros. Estos procesadores necesitan apoyo inmediato para ayudar a cubrir los gastos que superan los costos operativos normales para que puedan brindar protecciones cruciales a sus trabajadores y modificar sus operaciones para continuar proporcionando alimentos a los Estados Unidos y un mercado para nuestros agricultores. Los ganaderos y avicultores que han sufrido interrupciones en el procesamiento deben recibir un reembolso inmediato por la pérdida de ingresos y el aumento de los gastos de mitigación.Productores y procesadores de lácteos:Pennsylvania y New York le presentaron una petición conjunta en nombre de nuestras industrias lácteas, ya que los productos lácteos representan el sector agrícola más grande de Pennsylvania. Nuestros productores y procesadores de lácteos estaban entre las primeras empresas de la agricultura que se vieron afectadas de manera más inmediata por las interrupciones en la cadena de suministro debido a la COVID-19. El apoyo inmediato a los productores de lácteos es crucial y debe incluir pagos directos a los agricultores, préstamos y apoyo a los procesadores de productos lácteos, compras inmediatas de productos lácteos y distribución a través del sistema de alimentos de caridad, y opciones de gestión de riesgos a través del Programa de Protección de Productos Lácteos. Mi administración y la Asamblea General de Pennsylvania han brindado apoyo bipartito a nuestra industria láctea para ayudar a sobrellevar los últimos cinco años de retos. Pennsylvania no puede permitirse perder a sus productores o procesadores de lácteos, y necesitamos su ayuda inmediata en nombre de esta industria.La horticultura y la industria verde:La industria de la horticultura, que incluye a los invernaderos, la floricultura y los centros de jardinería, se ha visto especialmente perjudicada por el momento en que se produjo la pandemia de COVID-19. Normalmente, la primavera es la temporada de siembra de los propietarios de viviendas y de los jardineros, igual que el momento en que muchos celebran fiestas religiosas con hermosos arreglos florales de alta calidad cultivados por pequeñas empresas en Pennsylvania. Las medidas de distanciamiento social de mitigación por la COVID-19 necesarias para salvar vidas y evitar que nuestro sistema de salud se sature han significado que muchas empresas en las industrias ecologistas y de la horticultura hayan tenido que cerrar inesperadamente sus operaciones físicas o la transición a modelos de entrega alternativos justo cuando estaban preparándose para comenzar la temporada más importante del año. Las ventas realizadas ahora son cruciales para mantener sus negocios durante todo el año. Estas pérdidas deben cubrirse de inmediato a través de la asistencia del USDA, y debe brindarse todo el apoyo a las pequeñas empresas que históricamente pueden no haber trabajado o no haberse beneficiado con los programas del USDA.Cultivos de especialidad:Compras inmediatas de cultivos de especialidad, como hongos, frutas, verduras y otros cultivos especiales para apoyar el sistema alimentario caritativo y garantizar que los alimentos no se desperdicien. Estos agricultores deben ser compensados por la pérdida de los cultivos debido a las interrupciones a causa de la COVID-19.Apoyo equitativo para mercados perdidos y apoyo técnico y financiero para la transición a modelos de entrega alternativos:El cierre necesario de las instituciones de servicios de alimentos y nuestra manera de vida en general ha interrumpido muchas de las empresas tradicionales dentro de la agricultura descritas anteriormente, pero también aquellas en mercados nuevos o de nicho como hidroponía, acuaponía, producción a pequeña escala de productos alimenticios de especialidad para restaurantes y mercados de agricultores, agroturismo, agricultura urbana y otras pequeñas empresas que apoyan los sistemas alimentarios locales. Es fundamental que el USDA brinde apoyo directo a aquellas empresas agrícolas y a los agricultores que usualmente no reciben ni buscan apoyo federal a través del USDA pero que son cruciales para las economías locales y estatales. También es imperativo que el USDA brinde apoyo a los mercados de baja gama para muchas empresas agrícolas, incluidos los restaurantes. Pennsylvania es el hogar de muchos restaurantes que ponen productos de la granja a la mesa y otras instituciones de servicio de alimentos que se enorgullecen de obtener productos de alta calidad, locales y de especialidad de nuestros agricultores de Pennsylvania. Nuestros agricultores también proporcionan estos productos a los mercados vecinos de New York, Washington D.C. y a todos los EE. UU. A medida que las pequeñas y grandes empresas se esfuerzan por reaccionar ante el mercado en constante cambio, el USDA debe proporcionar apoyo financiero y técnico para ayudar a las empresas agrícolas y a los agricultores a explorar a nuevos modelos de entrega y realizar la transición.Garantizar una fuerza laboral adecuadaAdemás del apoyo a través de la financiación, necesitamos su apoyo en el ámbito de nuestra fuerza laboral. Ahora más que nunca, las demandas laborales de la agricultura de Pennsylvania son altas. El programa H2A proporciona trabajadores calificados que sostienen el sector agrícola de Pennsylvania y realizan tareas esenciales que mantienen nuestra cadena de suministro de manera sólida. Le pido encarecidamente que no reduzca las tasas salariales de efectos adversos de estos trabajadores. En un momento en que muchos sectores cruciales de infraestructura están ofreciendo voluntariamente un pago adicional por peligrosidad en reconocimiento a los sacrificios heroicos de los empleados de primera línea dentro de los sectores de la alimentación y la agricultura, es más importante que nunca mantener los salarios dignos para todos los trabajadores de la agricultura. Además, en un momento de desempleo sin precedentes, la reducción de los salarios en el sector de la agricultura solo servirá para perjudicar a esta industria que busca contratar trabajadores adicionales y competir con otras industrias. Estoy orgulloso de esos empleadores de la agricultura y el procesamiento de alimentos en Pennsylvania que han estado pagando muy por encima del salario mínimo federal durante años, y muchos de ellos son empleadores que participan en el programa H2A. Es inconcebible considerar romper la tasa salarial convenida para los trabajadores que arriesgan sus vidas para cultivar y cosechar los alimentos en los que todos los estadounidenses dependen para sobrevivir.Proporcionar recursos para la salud mentalOtra manera en que el USDA puede apoyar a nuestra familia de agricultores y a la fuerza laboral de la industria agrícola es a través de recursos y servicios para la salud mental. La pandemia de COVID 19 ha reformado e interrumpido rápidamente nuestras rutinas diarias, cambiando casi todos los aspectos de la vida de los residentes de Pennsylvania. La comunidad agrícola continúa brindando un servicio permanente a esta nación, lo que agudiza el estrés y la ansiedad en este momento de incertidumbre. Solicito que haya fondos y recursos disponibles para los servicios de salud mental para los sectores agrícolas y de restaurantes autorizados en la Ley CARES, una necesidad crucial de asistir a aquellos que trabajan tan duramente para sustentarnos.Proteger a nuestros ciudadanos más vulnerablesA medida que buscamos apoyar a nuestros agricultores, el USDA debe brindar toda la flexibilidad posible dentro del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) para maximizar el poder de compra de los beneficiarios de SNAP. Más personas en la nación sufren inseguridad alimentaria como nunca antes. Mejorar los programas de nutrición existentes puede ayudar a abordar este problema al tiempo que crea una nueva salida al mercado para nuestros productos agrícolas. Con el fin de maximizar el poder de compra de los beneficiarios del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP), el USDA debe reconsiderar su interpretación de la sección 2302 de la Ley Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus para permitir una asignación de emergencia adicional a todos los hogares hasta el máximo beneficio de acuerdo al tamaño del grupo familiar. Actualmente, el USDA sostiene que los hogares que reciben los máximos beneficios no recibirán la asistencia adicional del SNAP. Esto significa que casi el 40 % por ciento de los hogares del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria y aquellos con los ingresos más bajos no recibirán asistencia adicional a pesar de la necesidad real y de la disponibilidad de fondos.El USDA debe usar todas las herramientas en su poder para ayudar a nuestros ciudadanos más vulnerables que sufren aún más estrés debido a la COVID-19, al tiempo que ayuda a equilibrar la cadena de suministro de alimentos de acuerdo con la intención del Congreso por la Ley Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus. Durante un momento de crisis nacional, cuando nuestros ciudadanos más vulnerables se quedan sin nada mientras que los agricultores se ven obligados a tirar productos seguros y nutritivos debido a interrupciones en la cadena de suministro, es inconcebible considerar que se les retire la ayuda y el apoyo a los más necesitados cuando el USDA tiene la autoridad y la capacidad de ayudar a ambos.Gracias por su ayuda durante esta pandemia. Nuestra nación confía en una industria agrícola y alimentaria fuerte y vibrante, lo que se ha manifestado a través de esta emergencia de salud pública. Si bien estamos a la altura del desafío, el apoyo que se describe en esta carta es esencial para afrontar esta tormenta.El Departamento de Agricultura de Pennsylvania y el Departamento de Agricultura y Mercados de New York también presentaron recientemente una carta al Secretario Perdue urgiendo al USDA a utilizar fondos federales de estímulo para asistir a las industrias lácteas de los estados afectados por la COVID-19.“New York y Pennsylvania se mantienen firmes en nuestro compromiso de proteger a nuestros ciudadanos de la COVID-19 y de apoyar a nuestros productores y procesadores de productos lácteos, igual que al resto de la cadena de suministro de alimentos. Solicitamos que el USDA tome medidas inmediatas con el fin de garantizar que aquellos que pasan hambre porque se quedan en casa para salvar vidas puedan acceder a los alimentos que de otra forma se desperdiciarían innecesariamente. El USDA debe realizar una inversión inmediata en nuestras industrias lácteas hoy para garantizar que tengamos un suministro de alimentos en el futuro. Debemos unirnos para reconstruir nuestra nación, y nuestros agricultores deben recibir apoyo hoy para poder continuar alimentándonos en los años por venir”, escribieron el Secretario de Pennsylvania, Russell Redding, y el Comisionado de New York, Richard Ball.Ver la carta del Gobernador Wolf en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Ver la carta del Departamento de Agricultura en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Para obtener una lista completa de los documentos de guía e información relacionados con la agricultura durante la mitigación de la COVID-19 en Pennsylvania, visite agriculture.pa.gov/COVID. Para obtener la información más exacta y oportuna relacionada con la salud en Pennsylvania, visite on.pa.gov/coronavirus.Ver esta página en inglés. El Gobernador Wolf solicita al USDA que brinde apoyo a los sectores agrícolas vitales de Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Patrick Henry O’Connor

first_imgPatrick Henry O’Connor Sr., age 67, of Osgood, passed away peacefully at his daughters home on Friday July 22, 2016.  Patrick was born in Warsaw, KY on September 18, 1948, the son of the late Joseph Henry and Florence (Beck) O’Connor.  Patrick had attended grade school at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora,  and still possessed his strong Catholic faith.Pat met the love of his life Jacqueline (Mathews) in Aurora and they united in marriage on June 22, 1968.  To this marriage they were blessed with 3 children, daughters Louquetta (John) Spinner, Irma (late Brad) Hill, and son Patrick O’Connor Jr. of KentuckyPat worked originally as a steel worker at Barnes Jackson in Aurora.  They decided to move the family west to Oklahoma, where he drove a truck and put himself thru law enforcement school.  After completing school he became employed by the sheriff department of Muskogee County, Oklahoma and retired from this position.He returned after this to call Osgood home for remainder of his life.  Patrick was proceeded in death by wife Jacqueline, his parents, sisters Louise Sheldon, Marcialla Wilson, and Maggie O’Connor, brother William O’Connor, and son-in-law Brad Hill.  He is survived by both daughters of Osgood, his son Patrick of Kentucky and numerous grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, along with sisters Alice Wilson of Carrollton, Ky, Mary Butts of Osgood, Jenny Kimberley of Georgetown, Oh.Grave side services will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Perseverance Cemetery in Osgood.  These services will coincide with son-in law Bradley Hill.Memorials may be given to the family in care of Neals Funeral Home in Osgoodlast_img read more

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